A DOG-OWNER from Middlewich has won a new car for a year thanks to his four-legged friend, Bruce.

Andy Latham, 53, scooped the Mitsubishi Outlander after winning the Gun Dog of the Year Competition with his five-year-old Labrador, Bruce, at the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

Andy, who collected his prize from ourselves today said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have won the competition. Bruce is a very special dog and I’m really looking forward to driving to competitions with him in the Outlander. It’s a lovely vehicle and it’s ideal for driving up and down the country.”

England Gun Dog Team member and grandfather-of-two, Andy enters around 25 competitions a year with his dog and the pair beat 200 fellow competitors to win the car.

He only decided to enter the competition while he was waiting to take part in the international competition where he was representing England.

Andy, a joiner, has been taking part in competitions for 25 years and he has won the CLA international four times and the European Championship once. Grenson Motor Company have also fitted the vehicle with a dog cage so that Andy can travel to competitions with Bruce safely in the back.

Jim Lewis, marketing manager at the dealership, said: “We’re delighted to see Andy win the Outlander for a year. The vehicle is economical, luxurious and it’s packed with clever technological features so I’m sure he’ll enjoy driving it. The Outlander has achieved a five-star Euro-NCAP safety rating, boasts best-in-class fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions, and is lighter, quieter and more refined than ever. We wish Andy and Bruce all the best for their future competitions.”

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